Coney Island ampitheater features new roof

July 31, 2009

The iconic Coney Island has been through its share of troubles, but a $47 million, 8,000-seat amphitheater designed by Grimshaw Architects, New York, N.Y., could help bring more people to the famous location. The theater will feature a 5,400m2 roof made of steel and translucent fiberglass lit up by strobe lights. Marty Markowitz, president of …

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The future of smart materials

July 29, 2009

Sustainable materials expert Blaine Brownell discusses possible futures for textile-based architecture. By Mason Riddle “Within this exploding environment of new materials, I quickly realized how limited the architect’s palette is” states Blaine Brownell, recounting his epiphany a few years ago after working as a practicing architect. “We architects simply have to get smarter.” Given such …

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ARA Rental Show to return to New Orleans

July 28, 2009

The American Rental Association (ARA) announced its 2012 Rental Show will be held in New Orleans instead of the initial location of Atlanta. The move was prompted by ARA members who requested the change after the 2007 Rental Show was moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The show, which has not been held in New …

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Wimbledon’s new retractable roof lets the match continue

July 27, 2009

By Abbie Yarger Throughout the world, sports venues are being built or remodeled to include retractable roofs. In areas where bad weather can cause delays that disappoint fans and players alike, these roofs allow games to continue. That’s why the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) wanted a retractable roof for the Wimbledon Centre Court …

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Geosynthetics revive Irish bog

July 22, 2009

Geosynthetics-lined ‘floating trail’ protects and displays rejuvenated blanket bog at Cuilcagh By Shelby Gonzalez Introduction: Bringing a bog back to life In the late 1980s, the blanket bog on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, was in bad shape. Years of overgrazing, mechanized peat harvesting, and other mistreatment had damaged the …

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Fabric trends webinar to examine new applications for fabric

July 21, 2009

The Event Marketing Institute will hold a webinar titled “Fabric Trends: New Materials & New Apps for a New Look” on Friday, July 24. The webinar will feature event professionals discussing the role of functional fabric in event design with an emphasis on new fabric materials, fabric graphics and fabric structures.

SCORE to recognize first-ever SCORE Awards winners

July 20, 2009

SCORE has announced the winners of the first-ever SCORE Awards, which recognize achievement in America’s small businesses. Winners will receive their awards at a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, September 17 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit www.score.org for more information and a list of winners.

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Showrooms benefit upholstery businesses

Showrooms prove profitable and satisfying additions to upholstery businesses. By Andrea Swensson As with any business, there comes a point in the lifespan of an upholstery shop when the inevitable question arises: What can we do to grow our business? For many upholsterers, expanding their workshop to include a showroom is a seemingly obvious next …

Two Netherlands universities receive solar cell research subsidies

July 17, 2009

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, are to receive a 1.2 million euro subsidy as part of the Joint Solar Programme (JSP) to reduce the costs of solar energy by increasing solar cell efficiency. The subsidy was awarded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and …

Teijin Limited updates BIOFRONTâ„¢ bioplastic

July 16, 2009

Teijin Limited, Osaka, Japan, improved BIOFRONT™ bioplastic by increasing its resistance to hydrolytic degradation to at least 10 times that of commercial bioplastic. Now, the bioplastic is almost as durable as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Visit www.teijin.co.jp/english for more information.

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Fabric canopy helps cantina practice sustainability

July 15, 2009

The new Sante Fe Opera cantina observes sustainable conventions and leaves the patrons fed and dry. I love sitting underneath the canopy at the Cantina on a rainy day,” says architect Hugh Hardy, principal of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, designer of the new Sante Fe Opera dining facility in the New Mexico desert. “You can …

Thermoplastic composite research center established in The Netherlands

July 14, 2009

The Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC), formed in response to the increased demand for thermoplastics in the aerospace industry, has been established at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Officials from Boeing, Chicago, Ill., Stork Fokker, Papendrecht, The Netherlands, TenCate, Almelo, The Netherlands, and the university launched the center to further explore the benefits …

Fabric Architecture Continuing Education

Regulatory considerations in the design of fabric awnings By James A. Strapko Awnings in the architectural design process Recent trends in building regulations for commercial and residential projects may push architects toward taking awning design more seriously. In the past, architects have been tempted to view the awning as a discrete, subordinate element of a …

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The benefits of branding tents

July 13, 2009

Tented events maximize clients’ branding needs. By Elizabeth Kephart Reisinger Derek Stagner knows branding. As a managing director for Relay Worldwide, an experiential marketing and sponsorship consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Ill., he and his colleagues create branded environments around the world for high-profile clients. The company often chooses to use tents because of the …

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Geotextiles in levees (Part 2 of 2)

July 9, 2009

History, performance, and design of geotextiles in levees: A report from New Orleans. By Jody Dendurent and Mark Woodward Editor’s note: Part 1 of this 2-part series ran in the April/May issue of Geosynthetics. Following the Abstract and Introduction below, Part 2 concludes with sections 3, 4, and 5 of this manuscript. Abstract Geotextiles are …

Universal Fibers® partners with Rouse Enterprises LLC

July 8, 2009

Rouse Enterprises LLC, Charlotte, N.C., has partnered with Universal Fibers ®, Bristol, Va., to represent Universal’s solution-dyed industrial products in the U.S. and Canada markets. The eco-friendly dying process used to produce the yarn products ensures long-lasting color and extended life of the fabric.

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Problem-solving helps tent company execute extravagant event

July 7, 2009

A private party that required every piece of equipment to be craned onto the property showcases a tent company’s problem-solving skills. Most tent installations have one challenge or another to overcome—but when Leavitt and Parris Inc. of Portland, Maine, took on an installation for a private party at a Boston-area residence in September 2008, the …

IMB Forum 2010 dates changed

July 3, 2009

IMB 2010, organized by Koelnmesse GmbH Cologne, Germany, will be held in November instead of May in hopes of an economic upturn later next year. The forum, to be held at the Exhibition Centre Cologne, will feature several IT services and products designed specifically for use in the textile processing industry. See the event calendar …

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InTents magazine launches new website

July 2, 2009

InTents magazine, an IFAI publication serving the tent rental and event industry, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date tent industry news, and two years of previously published content. New issues of the magazine will be uploaded on the first of every other month. Check out the …

Ghillie suit kits protect U.S. Army snipers

July 1, 2009

[Propel LLC] Providence, R.I., U.S.A. Propel LLC, a business focused on the development of new textile technologies for the military and homeland security, will provide U.S. Army Snipers with ghillie suit kits composed of a new fire-resistant material. Available as skeins of yarn or as narrow fabric, this material replaces the highly flammable jute burlap …

AATCC call for papers

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is soliciting papers and posters for its 2010 International Conference, which will be co-located with ATME-I Megatex at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A., May 18–20, 2010. The conference will feature educational tracks targeting AATCC’s Concept 2 Consumer®, Materials, and Chemical Applications Interest …

Air-supported membrane roof gets an upgrade

The Dedmon Athletic Center at Radford University, Radford, Va., is known as “The Bubble” because of its air-supported membrane roof, installed in 1981 by Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. The roof had outlasted its 20-year expected life, but still needed a retrofit in 2009; Radford University went back to the source, Birdair, for an upgrade. The …

India gaining strength in textile production

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) ranks India among the top five developing nations in industrial production in textiles, motor vehicles, chemicals and basic metals, according to a recent report. India is second only to China in textile production, and its growth rate of manufacturing value added (MVA) has risen from 6.9 percent in …

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Consew introduces new machines

Consew presents the MSTR-1000B by Meisterstitch®. This heavy-duty, extended use commercial machine features a large horizontal axis, rotary hook and all gear-driven hook mechanism. The MSTR-1000B can sew up to 3,300 stitches per minute, and the bobbin can be changed without removing the article being sewn. The PRO1500 single-head embroidery and monogramming machine by Meistergram® …

The Fox Co. offers cloth-cutting system

The FA-601 Cloth Cutting System is a fully automatic pull, cut and stack system that allows an operator to set the width, length and ply count through a touch-screen interface. The machine then runs the program with no user intervention required until the desired ply count has been reached, or stops automatically when a fabric …

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Li Peng Enterprise Co. Ltd. provides fibers and yarns

LIBOLON® is the core brand of Lealea Enterprise and Li Peng Enterprise that offers global services covering both nylon and polyester fields, servicing vertically integrated manufacturing from polymerization to dyeing. LIBOLON has developed RePET® polyester fibers manufactured from used PET bottles, and Ecoya® solution-dyed yarn that is colorfast to light, water, washing, and color reproducibility. …

Phifer Inc. introduces new products

Phifer Inc. presents PocketWeave, BetterVue&reg: and UltraVue®. The PocketWeave collection is made from 100 percent PVC fabrics and offers the look of two distinct fabrics interwoven to create a layered look, complemented by a color separation that defines the design. Durable, antimicrobial and stain resistant, this new jacquard material was designed to offer a multidimensional …

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Taconic offers line of architectural fabric

Taconic’s Solus® line is a collection of multi-layer architectural fabrics comprised of PTF-coated Fiberglas® fabric for interior and structural applications. Lightweight, energy efficient, flexible, weldable and fire resistant, Solus is coated on both sides with PTFE and is translucent, allowing soft, diffused lighting for glare-free interiors. Due to the material’s flexibility, it can be tensioned …

Fabric for mountain boots withstands harsh conditions

Problem: Footwear manufacturers need a material for mountaineering boots that can withstand harsh conditions. Solution: SuperFabric® from HDM Inc. meets strength and durability requirements and provides an integrated look with the rest of the boot. Using a multi-step process, HDM takes ordinary fabrics and transforms them into protective fabrics that can be engineered for optimum …

Two new websites cover sustainability of cotton

Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company for U.S. cotton, now offers two sustainability-oriented websites: Cotton Today (cottontoday.cottoninc.com), which chronicles the continuing environmental advances and research in the cotton industry; and Cotton. From blue to green® (www.CottonFromBlueToGreen.org), an online vehicle for the company’s celebrated denim recycling program. The Cotton Today site is segmented into icon-driven …

Designers rebel against “one-size-fits-none” hospital gowns

Professor Traci Lamar, North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles, is a rebel without a gown—at least until the ugly, flimsy, shapeless hospital gowns of today experience a makeover. “Nobody is happy with it,” says Blanton Godfrey, dean of the NCSU College of Textiles. “It is amazing—we have created a product nobody likes.” Lamar …

Abbeon Cal Inc. provides tools for welding and cutting

The FORPLAST-P automatic overlap welder has a new hem welding kit for use in the tarpaulin and advertising banner industry. The hem guide folds the material over into a welding position as the machine automatically rolls forward, which allows the blower heat and pressure wheel to create a consistent, strong hem along the edge of …

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Cooley Group produces unique architectural fabric

Cooley’s Weathertyte® architectural fabric has waterproof properties, flame resistance, and a unique look and feel. Now Cooley is introducing an 11-ounce Weathertyte® Lite, which offers the same overall benefits as Weathertyte, but its lighter weight makes for easier handling. Applications include boat covers and bimini tops, flags and banners. Weathertyte Lite is digitally printable, UV …

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Gale Pacific offers fire-retardant knitted shade cloth

The Synthesis AF-350 knitted shade cloth is a fire-retardant fabric specifically designed for large-scale architectural tension structures and shade covers. The heavy-duty design, featuring a close-knit pattern, provides high strength and dimensional stability and a 10-year UV-degradation warranty. A fabric that will not rot or absorb moisture, Synthesis AF-350 passes California Title 19 fire code …

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Lonas Lorenzo constructs variety of textile and tension structures

With 35 years of experience in handling plasticized textiles, Lonas Lorenzo is a South American pioneer in the engineering and construction of architectural textile and tension structures. Any type of space can be covered—such as stadiums, fairgrounds and shopping malls—using the most advanced materials and contemporary forms. SOURCE Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV

Q-Lab Corp. provides variety of testing methods

Q-Sun Xenon Test Chamber tests textiles for lightfastness and color change. Using full-spectrum xenon arc lamps and optical filter systems, the Q-Sun can reproduce direct daylight or sunlight-through-window-glass conditions. The QUV Accelerated Weathering Tester tests for damage caused by UV rays, moisture and high temperatures to determine the weather resistance of outdoor textiles. SOURCE Q-Lab …

Tape Craft Corp. offers a variety of webbings

Tape Craft Corp. offers a variety of polypropylene, nylon and polyester, and coated webbings in hundreds of styles and colors. With more than 15,000 SKUs, Tape Craft offers webbing for hundreds of applications, serving the safety, automotive, government, tiedown, tarpaulin, medical, sporting goods, luggage and apparel industries. SOURCE Tape Craft Corp.

Process increases fabric’s abrasion resistance

Problem: Wear from abrasion is one of the leading causes of product failure in bags and luggage. Solution: Test results for a new, patent-pending process from Nüwa Textiles shows an increase in abrasion resistance by over 450 percent compared to conventional polyurethane coatings. The process, called NüHyde, fuses a protective layer into the yarns of …

NCTO wins DOC Appreciation Award

On May 11, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) presented the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Appreciation Award for Trade to the National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) North Carolina office for its continuing efforts to support trade—specifically, export trade—within the U.S. textile industry. RadiciSpandex Corp., a Gastonia, N.C.-based spandex fiber manufacturer and NCTO member, was selected …

Performance Fibers updates website

Customers of Performance Fibers, Richmond, Va., will have easy access to product performance specifications on the company’s updated website at www.performancefibers.com. The site includes enhanced navigation, new graphics, videos, illustrations, case studies and other improvements, including 15 new comprehensive global Product Guides translated into German, French, Spanish and Chinese. Performance Fibers’ portfolio includes fibers and …

ABC introduces line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics

ABC Industries Inc. has introduced the new ViewTex™ line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics for use in the automotive returnable- packaging industry. The double-polish, clear curtain material with open 2.6-inch scrim is now joined by the GM-approved double-polish clear curtain material and the GM-approved 13-ounce translucent pouch fabric. Available in both 61-inch and 72-inch widths. SOURCE …

Coreken Industries manufactures ring temples for weaving machines

Coreken manufactures Ring Temples for all types of weaving machines, available to suit an entire range of fabrics: fine, coarse, compact low- and high-loom shrinkage and custom requests. Working from a fabric sample and loom details, the company will recommend a suitable Temple cylinder for that fabric. SOURCE Coreken Industries

Genesis Plastics Welding produces eco-friendly welding technology

ecoGenesis is a proprietary plastics welding technology for RF heat sealing of polyethylene, polypropylene and nearly any low-loss polymer or phthalate-free material for manufacturers needing to transition away from PVC or polyurethane for ecological, financial, performance or regulatory reasons. ecoGenesis eliminates the need for expensive heat seal additives and allows the substitution of lower-cost raw …

MarChem CFI produces versatile polyester fabric

Top Notch is a 100 percent solution-dyed polyester fabric (840 denier) with a fluorocarbon finish, resulting in a fabric that is breathable, reversible, water repellent and has a luxurious hand. Because the yarn is solution dyed, color fastness is excellent. Combining strength, abrasion resistance, dimensional stability and UV resistance, it can be used for many …

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The Quality Thread & Notions Co. distributes PTFE sewing thread

Quality Thread & Notions Co. is now distributing SolarFix® PTFE sewing thread, available in three sizes of clear PTFE in white and black. Suitable for many outdoor applications, including retractable awnings and marine enclosures. SOURCE The Quality Thread & Notions Co.

Titex Vertriebs-GmbH distributes waterproof zippers and coated fabric solutions

Titex Vertriebs-GmbH distributes TIZIP® waterproof zippers and new, coated fabrics solutions. TIZIP waterproof and airtight zippers are used for dry bags, dry suits for water sports, diving suits, and immersion and survival suits. Several variations are used in a variety of applications, such as inflatables, waterproof containers, waterproof covers, textile constructions and marine covers. SOURCE …

Powerful polymer used on variety of products

Problem: A textile is only as strong as the fibers used to make it. Solution: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has determined that fibers made from PTT1, the latest polymer innovation from DuPont™, offer a unique combination of attributes which merit a new generic name: triexta. Offering exceptional durability and stain resistance, compared to previously …

Getting certified as green

Compiled by Juli Case My client wants to know if my product is certified to be green. How do I go about doing that? With the rising concerns regarding sustainability and green design, a great deal of emphasis is being placed on how ‘green’ a product is. Interest in the topic isn’t exactly new, but …

SCORE offers online resources

SCORE Association, Herndon, Va., supports 370 chapters and 11,700 volunteers whose mission is getting small businesses going strong. SCORE, a partner with the U.S. Small Business Association, calls itself “Counselor to America’s Small Business,” and its website contains resources to spur start-ups, create new jobs and keep Americans employed. Featured content on www.score.org/accelerate includes: Free …

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Alpha Productions Inc. offers variety of awnings

Alpha Productions Inc. offers SunTamer® awnings in several lines: Continental and Solana lateral arm awnings, Cadette retractable window awnings, Skylight/Solarium vertical awnings, and Cabratrak/Cabriaroll and Solarview window shades. All of these awnings can be motorized or manually operated, depending on the specifications. Alpha Productions also carries a full line of SunTamer solution-dyed acrylic fabrics, mesh …